Folder/File permissions in properties tab

I have a particular program that will not start because I do not have write permissions for the folder, sub-folders, and files associated with the program. Going to the properties tab reveals that the folder is read only. I uncheck the box but can't seem to make it a permanent change. It always comes back up as read only. I have gone into every imaginable edit/advanced tab possible and given permissions to every possible group I can think of, yet despite the fact that every kind of permission possible is enabled and visible, I still can't uncheck the read-only box permanently and I still get "you do not have write permissions" from the program. I have tried changing ownership, running as administrator, and yet no progress on this problem.
 

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Last updated March 15, 2018 Views 1,575 Applies to:
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Hi,

At this moment, I would like to confirm if I was logged in as an Administrator, so that I can enjoy all the privileges and rights of being an Administrator of the computer.

Try changing the attributes of the folder by logging into the Default Admin Account.
To Enable the Default Admin Account
- Logon to Vista using your normal username and password.
- Click on the Start button
- Click on Start Search. 
- Type, cmd. Right-click cmd, select 'Run as administrator' from the shortcut menu.
- In the black 'DOS box', type the following at the command line:
Net help user
The idea of the last command is just to observe the options for Net User.  In particular, examine the syntax to set the password.
The next instruction is the crucial command.  I have chosen password = 12345678, you may want to choose different characters.
Net user administrator 12345678
Net user administrator /active: yes
- Check the message: The command completed successfully
- Switch User, or logoff
- Logon as Administrator Password 12345678 (Your password may be different!)

Also have a look at “Enable and Disable the Built-in Administrator Account”:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc766343(WS.10).aspx

Else, follow the KB article 326549 contains step-by-step instructions on how to use the Attrib command to work around the inability to view or to remove the Read-only or the System attributes of folders in Windows 7.

Let us know if that helps.

Regards,
Chethan Kumar.


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Going to the properties tab reveals that the folder is read only. I uncheck the box but can't seem to make it a permanent change.
Read-only on a folder isn't like read-only on a file.
 You cannot view or change the Read-only or the System attributes of folders in Windows Server 2003, in Windows XP, in Windows Vista or in Windows 7:
Unlike the Read-only attribute for a file, the Read-only attribute for a folder is typically ignored by Windows, Windows components and accessories, and other programs. For example, you can delete, rename, and change a folder with the Read-only attribute by using Windows Explorer.
Windows Explorer uses the Read-Only attribute to determine whether or not the folder is customized.

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